John Moffatt, an extremely prosperous
John Moffatt’s daughter, Katherine, married William Whipple in the early 1770s, and they also lived in this house with the Moffatt family. After signing the Declaration of Independence, Whipple returned to this home in
In 1817, John Moffatt’s great granddaughter, Maria Tufton Haven Ladd, inherited the house, and the Ladd family descendants lived here until 1911.
The photo below is from C. S. Gurney's 1902 book, Portsmouth . . . Historic and Picturesque.
I captured the above photograph during a Portsmouth walk in November 2011. During the spring and summer, William Whipple's horse chestnut tree, which is now more than 235 years old, almost completely obstructs the mansion from this viewpoint.